I wonder if I should sell it and then if anyone would like to buy it.
What would be a fair price? I spent over 100 hours working on it, I used finest oil paints and 24k, 18k and 14k gold leaf, mother of pearl and so much love and intention. Canvas 24” x 36”
What a wonderful journey it has been, since that October 2002 night when an unexpected freezing cold wave in Denver caught me with no money in my pocket no access to my things, and nowhere to go, sleeping in my car, it was then when she appeared to me.
At first I heard my name like a sound almost musical was calling me I am not sure if I was awake or not. Then I saw her, a beautiful, magical lady, wearing the stars and the sun, standing in the center of the moon, she told me I would paint her and miracles would occur.
Back then I did not recall seeing her anywhere before, nor did I realize that she was the Virgin Mother, I did get several clues the next day, amongst them was when a total stranger just walked up to me and gave me a blanket, he said it was the Virgin who told him to give it to me and would not take no for an answer.
What a wonderful gift that was, that night I slept in my car grateful that I had a car and comforted by the warm blanket. The first miracle had occurred, I thought so had with me my sketch pad so I recorded what I remembered. It was not only till a few days later that I discovered who she was, I went to see amy mechanic for help with my car and he saw the sketches,he made a comment about me painting the Lady of Guadalupe, Who? I asked, He seemed surprised that I did not know anything about her, he took me to the back office and showed me images of her, I could not believe what I was seeing!
It was her!
An interesting point is that back in 95 when I was so ill, a friend, Gladys Anzola a true Marian devout had given me a small gold charm with the virgin, unbelievably I had worn many times, carried her in my wallet and never really looked, to my amazement a year ago I was sharing the charm when I noticed it was her, Our Lady of Guadalupe!!!!!
Not just that, I later noticed that my sister and Mom both had her images in their houses.
How did I miss seeing her before in all these years!!!!!!!
How blind had I been!
Incredible but true.
This point reminds me of how, so many of us, see but don’t really see so many things, events, people, signs and so on, in our daily lives.
So here I am, eight years have passed since that night in the car. I am the same me yet not the same. I am just a little more awake …with lots more waking up to do.
I am grateful for all that I learned, thanks to this mission, I learned about the history, myths, believes, doubts, lies and the many miracles, I will post some links to all my findings on the internet some time later.
I also learned a lot about oil painting, sure I messed up a bunch of times, this painting went thru lots of transformations,( I will post a video soon) as I figured out how to mix colors and mediums, anatomy and how to achieve my vision, one thing it is certain, some how, the painting came about and here she seems alive…
Alive for I truly can feel a presence.
I used Oil Paints, Mother of Pearl for the moon, 14 18 and 24 karat gold leaf for the sun and the stars and lots of love.
Oh and of course a little bit of glitter, I just could not help myself ;)
Thank you dear Lady!